PLAGF operating new tracked ATV for high-altitude logistics support

by Gabriel Dominguez & Samuel Cranny-Evans

State-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) revealed in mid-January that the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) is operating a new tracked all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to provide logistics support to troops deployed in hard-to-reach high-altitude areas.

A screenshot from CCTV footage released on 15 January showing a new tracked ATV that recently entered service with the PLAGF. (CCTV)

A screenshot from CCTV footage released on 15 January showing a new tracked ATV that recently entered service with the PLAGF. (CCTV)

In a news report published on its js7tv.cn website, CCTV said that the four-door vehicle, the designation of which was not disclosed, can be used to supply troops stationed in plateau regions at altitudes of more than 5,000 m above sea level.

The ATV, which was shown towing an open-top tracked rear module, is equipped with caterpillar tracks made of metalloid, can climb slopes with an inclination of more than 35°, has an average speed of 40 km/h, and can deliver up to 1.5 tons of supplies, according to CCTV. Both modules have evenly spaced road wheels on both sides.

The state-owned Global Times newspaper reported that the recently delivered vehicle, which appears to be armoured and was shown painted in PLAGF camouflage, has entered service with the PLAGF’s “plateau transportation troops”: a euphemism used by state media that often refers to some of the troops operating in either the Tibet or Xinjiang military commands.

CCTV provided no further details about the vehicle but it appears to be based on the JM8 ATV from Chinese company Guizhou Zhanyang Power Heavy Industry that was first identified by Janes in 2015.

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